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    FNRS rules at Staunton Miniature Speedway

    On the King track, Saturday November 4th 2017. Staunton Miniature Speedway

    Three races; 3 minute stints.

    NASCAR, GTP and LMP

    https://www.facebook.com/SMSpeedway/

    Call the track for details 540-414-1906

    Below is the full text of the rules.

    Don't be put off...don't even read them...it's the same flexy rules we have come to know with the following key changes

    Motor and Pinion specs: 64 pitch only:

    LMP must use 10 tooth - Motor = Retro Hawk (r7r7r7 / Retro Hawk)
    NASCAR must use 13 tooth - Motor = Retro Hawk (r7r7r7 and or retro hawk)
    GTP must use 11 tooth - Motor = PS 4002FK (seals on. may change brushes and springs)

    Any bodies in those classes.

    Other minor differences from old school:

    rear clearance minimum is .047 and track width is extended to 83mm (3.265)
    NASCAR rears can be fully cut out (no bumper requirement)
    No spoiler height limit.

    Scratching your head? Don't. These rules are popular and are creating some buzz. Come out and lets have some fun.





    General
    All cars must follow the Technical Specifications of each specific class being raced. Racers
    must insure their cars meet these technical specifications prior to tech inspection. All
    racers must follow the General Rules, Race Format, & Regulation Rules.

    Tech Inspection
    Tech will take place at the designated time(s). Cars will be presented to the tech area and
    cars will be teched for all specifications for the class being teched. At tech, chassis at rear
    and gear must clear by .047" and be no wider than 83 mm. Clearance will be measured
    under the rear of the car, directly under the rear axle and between the rear wheels, with the
    car at rest on a flat tech block with the guide in the tech block slot.
    Any car found not to pass will be returned to the owner of the car and MUST be corrected
    before being re-teched and officially entered into the class.
    Cars that are not repaired in the allowed time may not be allowed to qualify and added into
    the lowest race if repaired in time. Cars that arrive late and after tech closing time may be
    added into the lowest race of the class the car is being entered into. Chassis and bodies may
    be "marked" as these items are not to be changed at any time during the racing or during
    lane changes. No braid juice application, oiling, and tire cleaning will be permitted once
    the car is presented for tech and is placed in secure impound. Applying braid juice and
    oiling the car is not permitted prior to qualification/time trials. A racer may oil his/her car
    and apply braid juice once his/her one-minute qualifying session has begun.
    After car(s) pass tech inspection, all cars are to be impounded and to stay impounded at all
    times prior to qualifying and racing. The race committee/control will control which cars
    are to be in impound and when cars may be released from impound. Cars in impound are
    not to be touched by anyone other than those authorized to do so. Cars in impound are not
    to be worked on unless authorized to do so. If a car is or cars are damaged during
    qualifying there will be time allowed for repairs to be made and only under supervision of
    those in charge of the event/race. Anyone caught touching, removing cars, or working on
    cars during impound will be disqualified from the event/race.

    Qualifying
    Will be in reverse order of tech inspection.
    Qualifying will be 45 seconds to one minute with power on and racer’s fastest lap is
    recorded along with second fastest lap in case of ties.
    There will also be "lane choice/pick" based on qualifying position by the driver for all races.
    Race Format/Scoring
    All races and classes the format will be "One and Done."
    Qualify all cars. Cars are seeded into Main races by qualifying times. Example: 32 cars.
    Qualifiers 1-8 into A Main, 9-16 into B Main, 17-24 into C Main, 25-32 into D Main. The
    running order is D Main, C Main, B Main, A Main.
    Racers must be seeded as equally as possible when seeding the races.
    Marshaling order is A Main drivers marshal the D Main, the D Main do the C Main, the C
    Main do the B Main, and the B Main do the A Main.
    All cars’ finishing sections are to be marked at the conclusion of each race and when all
    Mains have been completed the overall lap totals and sections determine the official finish
    of the race/class.
    All cars are to remain on the track at the finish of the race to be scored and impounded.
    Anyone removing cars from the track before scoring has been completed will be recorded
    with zero laps. Cars are not to be handled by anyone not authorized to do so. All cars after
    being scored will be impounded and returned to the impound area until being released by
    the race director(s).

    Pre-Race Warm-Up Period
    A one-minute warm-up period will be conducted prior to the start of each Main. The eight
    drivers starting the race will be given the opportunity to practice first in round-robin races.
    Sit-out drivers practice second.
    All sit-out drivers will then be given the opportunity to warm-up following the eight racers
    starting the race. Drivers may oil their cars and apply braid juice prior to the start of the
    race. Sit-out cars must be taken to the impound area following the warm-up session.
    Sit-Out Procedures
    In round-robin races where sit-outs are used, the following procedures will be followed: All
    sit-outs will take place after a racer completes his heat on the WHITE lane. A racer going to
    a sit-out must take his car IMMEDIATELY to the impound area in the condition in which it
    finished the heat. A racer may NOT work on, repair, or service his car in any way while en
    route to the sit-out impound area. Doing so will result in a 10-lap penalty. The entire car
    and/or components must be submitted to the sit-out impound area. No exceptions!
    In the case where a car is being worked on in the pits during a white lane heat, the entire
    car and/or components must be taken to the sit-out impound area IMMEDIATELY when
    the heat ends. Failure to do so will result in a 10-lap penalty. A sit-out car may not be
    touched while it is in the sit-out impound area by ANYONE, including the race director. In
    the event there are multiple (more than one) sit-out heats, a racer may not work on, repair,
    or service his car during the ‘off’ periods between sit-out heats. A car will be released to the
    driver after serving his sit-out heats.

    Race Duration
    All classes are to run 2 minutes on heats, with 2 minutes off between heats for lane change
    and pitting of cars.
    Pitting of Cars
    During lane changes cars may be worked on. Any work is permitted. NO tire changes are
    allowed during lane changes and any tire changes MUST take place under green flag racing
    conditions.
    Tire Cleaning, Gluing, Oil, & Braid Juice
    Tire cleaning and gluing will be allowed during the race(s). The cleaning fluid is to be
    applied to the tires either directly or by using a rag. Glue boards may be used.
    Any transfer of cleaning fluid or glue to the track will result in disqualification.
    Other cleaners/tire treatments are allowed prior to tech and during practice as long as they
    do not interfere or change the racing surface.
    Any other fluids, i.e. braid juice, oil, etc., found to be used in excessive amounts and
    affecting the racing surface will result in the driver’s disqualification. Braid juice is to be
    applied directly to the braids of the car only. No braid juice is to be added to the track braid
    at any time.
    The track surface and braid may not be altered by a racer at any time during practice
    sessions or in the race.

    Race Tech Inspection
    Cars may teched at any time during a race. Any car found to not meet specifications, MUST
    be repaired/corrected under green flag conditions. Cars may be checked for, but not
    limited to, the following: clearance, width, spec gearing, correct motor for class, and any
    other spec requirements the race director deems.
    Cars and gear may not be lower than .039" at rear during race inspection(s). Cars may not
    be wider than 83 mm during race inspection(s). Bodies must have the interior in the body.
    Any violations will be corrected during green flag conditions only and reinspected before
    going back into the race.
    Any racer found to be changing chassis or bodies during lane changes will be immediately
    disqualified from the race/class.
    Race Direction reserves the right to tear down the top finishers at any event/race to inspect
    motors/motor parts.

    Marshaling
    Turn marshaling of the events is to be performed by the entrants in the class being raced.
    All racers will have to turn marshal and there will be no exceptions except for physical
    reasons. Substitute marshals will be permitted as long as it is approved by the officials in
    charge and the racers in the race. Marshals who miss or refuse their duties will be
    subjected to penalties or disqualification. Racers are expected to stand when performing
    marshaling duties, except in cases when marshals must kneel to avoid blocking the view of
    the driver’s panel. Standing marshals must also exercise care to not block the view of
    drivers, and may be asked to reposition by the drivers and/or race director.

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct
    Unsportsmanlike Conduct will result in penalties and/or immediate disqualification.
    Physical Confrontations and/or Contact
    Any racer, racers, or persons involved in physical confrontations and/or contact will be
    immediately disqualified from that event and will have to leave the premises immediately.
    There will be NO warnings in these types of situations. There is NO tolerance for this type
    of behavior. Assault of other individual(s) can also result in being arrested and charges
    being filed by local law enforcement. Any person or persons involved in such physical
    confrontations and/or contact may also be suspended and/or banned permanently from
    future events.

    Black Flag
    Black Flag will be issued for any car or driver interfering with the outcome of a race. If a car
    is damaged and will not stay in the slot it will be black-flagged immediately. Any car blackflagged
    must be removed from the race and repaired before returning to the race. Drivers
    intentionally causing problems for other drivers will be black-flagged and may also result
    in additional penalties and disqualification.

    Track Calls
    Track calls are only for cars that cannot be reached by the marshals. Straightaway, high
    bank, infield. Cars under the track are legitimate track calls. Riders are track calls.
    Marshals may call track if they cannot reach a car. Under the bridge is not a track call
    unless the marshals cannot reach the car(s) under the bridge. Specific track calls will be
    discussed prior to each race meet.

    Lane Change Cars
    Lane change cards are to be used during the lane changes during the races. Any racer
    found to not be using a lane change card will be penalized 5 laps for each infraction. Racers
    found to be moving the position of the car forward during a lane change will be disqualified
    immediately.

    Missed Laps/Lap Counter
    Missed Laps will be added if the lap counter can be proved to be incorrect. Laps will be
    deducted in the case of a car passing the lap counter in the wrong lane.
    Track Condition
    Track condition and surface is to be prepped on the day prior to the race/event or no more
    than 3 days prior to the event. The surface should be cleaned and sprayed and ready for the
    first day of practice for the event. Racers are not allowed to alter the surface in any way and
    doing do will result in disqualification. No racer-applied glue to the track or cleaning or the
    track will be allowed during the event.

    Controllers
    May use any controller as long as the controller uses no batteries or additional power
    sources to increase or regulate voltage or amperage at the track braid. Controllers are
    subject to inspection by FNRS officials to verify compliance with the above.

    Race Officials
    At FNRS events there will be a committee of officials that will govern the event including
    rules and procedures. If any issues arise, the event committee will have the final say on any
    issue not covered by the rules or any other questionable issue(s) and their decision will be
    final.

    Stamped Steel Chassis Regulations
    a) Must be a commercially-available chassis for at least 60 days prior to an FNRS event.
    b) Must be made of stamped and formed metal. The portions to which the motor is
    attached must be steel. Floating pans may be steel, aluminum, or brass as manufactured by
    the manufacturer. No homemade parts allowed.
    c) May use lightweight replacement pans and center sections.
    d) May interchange parts from a single manufacturer, such as Flexi and Flexi-2 parts, JK
    long or short center sections, and heavy or light pans on JK, Champion, Parma, and
    Mossetti chassis.
    e) Chassis may have a maximum of three chassis parts consisting of one solid center
    section and maximum of two separate pans. No additional pans or two-piece center
    sections allowed.
    f) No modifications except for the following:
    g) May solder or glue motor, axle oilites, and front wheel retainers.
    h) May add lead weight and/or tape to chassis.
    i) May file holes in motor bracket to allow better gear mesh, but must retain a portion of
    motor bracket.
    j) No oilite modifications allowed. May use offset oilites. No ball bearings.
    k) May add spacers between pan and center section.
    l) May add a 1-inch (25.4 mm) long motor brace and a maximum of two upright braces
    (one for each upright).
    m) The original manufacturer’s plating may be removed only in areas to be soldered.
    n) May add pin tubes. Pin tubes may be either solid or floating. May add lead wire retainer.
    o) May change stock bite bar diameter supplied by the manufacturer to a bar that is .062”
    maximum and .039” minimum diameter. The bar must be steel, straight, round, no bends,
    no flats and not deviate from stock. May not solder bite bar to center section and/or pans.
    p) Overall width maximum is 83 mm (3.268”).
    q) May solder on steel guide tongue reinforcement but the original tongue may not be
    removed, modified, or moved.
    r) No other modifications, soldering, cutting, grinding, or bracing allowed.
    s) May use any guide, nut, spacers, leadwire and clips. Only one guide flag per car.
    t) May perform reasonable filing of rear oilite chassis holes to allow for axle alignment.
    u) On the Mossetti 1001, 1003, 1006 chassis, must use either .062” diameter brass tube or
    the M-1052 .064” stainless tube only. Must use push/body pins to retain the bar in the
    chassis. The MR-1051 Chassis Retaining Clip may be used and can not be modified or
    soldered to the chassis.
    v) Front axles and front wheels are not required. If racer chooses to use front wheels the
    minimum diameter is .500" OD. Front axle minimum diameter is .047" and maximum
    diameter is .063". Front axle may be soldered to center section uprights.
    w) On the JK C43 "A" chassis, front axles may not be added. Must use stock JK produced
    J-bars and sizes only. J-bars may not be soldered to the chassis.

    Motor Specifications
    LMP & Stock Car: Only the JK Hawk Retro long shaft motor and the JK Hawk Retro
    R7R7R7R7 with short shaft may be used at FNRS events. May trim the pinion shaft. No
    trimming of shaft on endbell side of motor. No other modifications of/to motor
    allowed.

    GTP: Only the Pro Slot PS-4002 FK motor may be used at FNRS events. No modifications
    except for the following:
    Motors must be factory sealed and use the unmodified factory seal only. Seals may have
    clear "fingernail polish" added to extend life of seal. NO other modifications to the seals
    allowed.
    Racers may change brushes and springs. Only three-coil replacement springs are
    allowed. Any 36D sized motor brushes may be used. Brushes may not be cut, slotted, or
    modified on the surface touching the commutator. Brushes may be radiused prior to
    break-in. No spring insulation or shunt wires are allowed.
    Super Glue may be added to the endbell bushing. Can oilite bushing may be soldered in
    place.
    Armature shafts may be cut on both sides of the motor. Motors may NOT be rebuilt.
    All classes may use clip-on type heatsinks or screw-on type heatsinks that screw to the can
    on the pinion side of the motor. Comm coolers allowed.

    Gears
    Pinions: All classes will use "spec" pinion sizes, 64 pitch only, of any brand.
    LMP: 10 tooth 64 pitch pinion only.
    Stock Car: 13 tooth 64 pitch pinion only.
    GTP: 11 tooth 64 pitch pinion only.
    FNRS reserves the right to change the pinion specs based on different track size (shorter or
    longer), power/voltage, etc. If the pinion spec is to change for certain events, this will be
    announced in advance of the event

    Spur Gears: Any size/brand 64 pitch PLASTIC ONLY spur gear may be used and gear
    must clear track by .047". No metal spur gears allowed.
    Rear Wheels/Tires/Axles
    Black rear tires/rubber only. No dyed tires allowed. No Speed Rubber allowed.
    Wheels/tires/rubber may not be wider than .815" maximum width. Maximum wheel
    diameter is .625".
    Rear axle minimum diameter is 3/32". Drill blanks allowed. No hollow, non-steel, or
    lightweight axles allowed. Axle flats for gear/tire set screws allowed.

    Front Wheels/Axles
    Front wheels and tires are optional and not required. If using front wheels: minimum
    diameter is .500" OD with O-ring or rubber. Fronts do not have to touch the track surface.
    Front axle minimum diameter is .047" and maximum diameter is .063". Axle may be
    soldered to chassis front uprights. Axle must be one-piece, solid, and steel. Wheel retainers
    may be soldered.

    Clearance
    Rear clearance will be .047" minimum including the spur gear.
    Clearance will be measured under the rear of the car, directly under the rear axle and
    between the rear wheels, with the car at rest on a flat tech block with the guide in the tech
    block slot.
    Clearance will be checked at the beginning of the race, with no check at the end. If a car is
    suspected to be dragging on the track during racing, the race director at his discretion may
    check clearance.
    Any car found to be dragging the track will be repaired during green flag racing conditions.
    A mid-race clearance check may be carried out by the tech director/race controller at the
    beginning of any heat of any race.
    Any car found with rear clearance less than .039” inches at the beginning of any heat will
    have to change tires and have the clearance rechecked under green flag racing conditions.

    Bodies
    Bodies must be fully painted and opaque. Sides may be left clear in the body pin/clips area
    only. Must have three numbers. Must have suitably painted 1/24 scale (with head, helmet,
    shoulders, torso, arms, and steering wheel) 3D, vacuum-formed Lexan driver in the proper
    cockpit position. Chassis or track may not be visible when looking through windows. All
    windows must be clear. Bodies may have tape/Lexan/mylar added for reinforcement. No
    additional air control/spoilers/diaplanes may be added. The back of the body (rear
    bumper/valance portion) may be cut out/removed. Body must completely cover
    chassis/tires when looking directly down on the car at tech. No cutting into the top surface
    of the body. No rear body height requirement in any class.
    Front wheel area: must use sticker fronts if front wheels are not used. If front wheels are
    used, front wheel openings must be cut out/open or left clear and 80% of the front wheels
    must be visible in the opening or clear area.
    All bodies used in FNRS events must be commercially-available.
    LMP bodies are to be either open or closed cockpit LMP or GT1 type/style bodies with
    a "stepped" type rear spoiler.
    Stock Car bodies must be 4" 1/24 scale style. COT bodies allowed.
    GTP bodies are to be any open or closed cockpit a GTP type/style body.
    FNRS reserves the right to reject any body at tech that does not meet these requirements
    Anything worth doing is worth overdoing

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    I was at the raceway yesterday playing around with my FNRS built cars. The place is huge, clean and with plenty of pits. I got to talk to Russell about some up coming races. Very nice guy and knowledgeable about the hobby. I got to do some laps with a couple of practice cars that had Mossetti chassis and they ran the King without a problem. This would be a great facility to have a regular FNRS race. I wish them good luck on any future races. Those people who use to race at The Track in Gaithersburg need to check this place out.
    I've done so much with so little for so long it seems like I can do anything with nothing at all.

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    Can't make this one have a race at my place on same day! Don you seem to be the spokesman for this track try to find out some kind of schedule or when the next race is I would have came to this one if we weren't racing here.

    Thanks Greg

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    He uses Facebook to promote his diverse week night programs. I'll ring the bell here for monthly events. Good luck with your race. I wish Amtrac went that way. I would love spend some time on that flat track.
    Anything worth doing is worth overdoing

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    I sent a PM to Bill about holding the 1100 there and when I mentioned it to Russell he didn't seem adverse to the idea. There looking forward to getting a couple of FNRS races there and maybe even more of the Womp races.

    Don, what's the matter don't feel like making a nearly 350 mile trip to PA. to race on the flat track. Don't feel bad it's a 440 mile trip for me and I'm from there.
    I've done so much with so little for so long it seems like I can do anything with nothing at all.

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    Hey Fred!

    I replied to your PM about attending the Staunton race this weekend. I will not be attending the race this weekend.

    BTW, I've asked the manager of Speedzone if they will host the 1100 next year and they have agreed to have the race next year. I've asked Billy D to contact the race way manager to discuss arrangements for next years race.

    I hope to be racing with you soon Fred. Regards to Barbara!

    Tony
    OWH Slotographer

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